UTICA — A Rome man accused of killing his wife rejected a plea deal offered by the Oneida County District Attorney's Office during an appearance Wednesday morning in Oneida County Court.
Jason D'Avolio is charged with second-degree murder and concealment of a human corpse in connection with the death of his wife, Kerrilee D'Avolio. D'Avolio pleaded not guilty to the charges Sept. 20.
D'Avolio appeared in court earlier this month to report on whether he would accept or reject the plea offer, but his attorney asked for more time to gather information. His rejection of the plea deal Wednesday means his case will move to a trial in county court. If convicted, D'Avolio faces 25 years to life in prison.
He will next appear in court Wednesday, Oct. 23.
An indictment filed in September accuses D'Avolio of shooting his wife in the back of her head between July 28 and 29 at the family home in Rome and disposing of her body in a dumpster. Police ultimately found her remains at the Oneida County landfill in Ava. Law enforcement said he also threw a rifle in the Barge Canal near Mill Street Bridge in Rome; the weapon was later recovered by police.
D'Avolio claimed his wife committed suicide by gunshot and he had proceeded to clean the house afterwards, officials said. Police also said the couple was in the process of a divorce at the time.
Friends and family of Kerrilee D'Avolio were in the gallery Wednesday, wearing green T-shirts to memorialize the 32-year-old woman. Rome police officers were also present.
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